Thursday, January 26, 2012

MOM, DAD, HERE ARE FOODS TO BUY ORGANIC



Organic: If you're a parent or you're expecting, this word likely passes your lips regularly. It describes produce that is grown without potentially harmful pesticides. Sure, many experts insist such chemicals are safe. But with a baby in the house or on the way, you're probably more vigilant about what goes into your body and your child's, and with good reason


Organic milk can cost about 50 percent more than conventional milk costs.  Conventional milk contains antibiotics and artificial hormones, as well as pesticides. Experts worry that all these hormones could kick-start early pubery, considering how much milk kids drink on a daily basis. Organic milk contains significantly higher levels of heart-healthy fatty acids and antioxidants.


The EWG also found that 81 percent of potatoes still contained pesticides after being washed and peeled. Kids take in plenty of spuds as french fries -- another reason to limit their consumption. Adults, too, love the taters: According to one survey, they account for 30 percent of all veggies eaten by adults.
If PB&J sandwiches are a lunchtime favorite with your kids, it may be time to try an organic spread. "The pesticides used on peanuts are found to be especially toxic.

Our body and brain grow faster from birth to age 3 than at any other time, if you're going to pick only one time to go organic, it should be from conception to age 3.
Research has found that organic ketchups are 57 percent higher in lycopene than their conventional counterparts and dish up double the antioxidants

This fruit is the most commonly eaten after bananas and the second most commonly used in juices after oranges. However, apples are second on the Dirty Dozen list. What's more, the organic version has been found to have higher levels of disease-fighting polyphenols and other phytonutrients.

Antibiotics are used to promote growth in livestock, and those drugs may make it into your system too. And most American beef comes from cattle that is corn- or grain-fed, which is not healthy for us. Organic, grass-fed beef tends to be leaner and has five times the omega-3 fats, which are good for the heart. Organic beef can be tough to find. To locate organic beef in your area, visit organicconsumers.org or your local farmers' market.
The Dirty Dozen
These earn the distinction as the most contaminated by pesticides; buy organic when possible!
* Peaches
* Apples
* Sweet bell peppers
* Celery
* Nectarines
* Strawberries
* Cherries
* Lettuce
* Grapes (imported)
* Pears
* Spinach
* Potatoes


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